Ruby Buchholtz is a home grown resident of the Pacific Northwest, having been raised in Eugene and currently residing in Portland. With a life-long passion for the rivers and green spaces in Oregon, Ruby is thrilled to be working at TRK to build a close knit community movement for clean water. Ruby enjoys engaging a variety of stakeholders in this mission and in her past work she has monitored ground and surface water, conducted vegetation and soil surveys, and led hands on restoration projects all across the country.
Her work has taken her from Lake Oswego, where she created a management plan for an urban wetland facing development pressure, all the way to the Philippines, where as a Peace Corps Volunteer she worked with fisherfolk on alternatives to dynamite fishing in coral reef ecosystems. She has also served as both a volunteer and supervisor in Americorps, an experience that trained her in not only community outreach techniques but in how to use chain saws for site restoration! With an acute passion for bioswales and low impact development, Ruby also brings an interest in furthering strong stormwater advocacy in the Tualatin and fostering new technologies for citizen ecological monitoring of wetlands and streams.
Ruby holds a Master of Environmental Management with a graduate certificate in Hydrology from Portland State University and an Environmental Science undergraduate degree with an emphasis in River and Riparian Studies and Water Rights from the University of Oregon-Eugene. She is also a Wilderness First Responder and certified LEED Green Associate. Ruby represents TRK’s mission at many organizations within Washington County. She is part of the City of Beaverton’s Land Use Advisory Committee and the City of Hillsboro’s Logjam Task Force. She also participates in the Clean Water Services Advisory Committee and their Design and Construction Standards Meetings to provide feedback and suggestions from the environmental perspective. Lastly, she is currently servicing as a council member on the Tualatin River Watershed Council.